"This big, expansive novel is a leisurely working out of fate, of seemingly chance encounters and events that ultimately touch, like dominoes as they collide. The writing is elegant, philosophical and moving. Even at its length, it's a work to read slowly and savor. Beautiful and important."Markus Zusak is the author of 'The Book Thief', published 2006 under ISBN 9780739337271 and ISBN 0739337270.